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No Jat candidate from Kurukshetra,through the community holds sway here

While Jats have been in majority in the Kurukshetra Lok Sabha constituency for long,no Jat candidate has ever won the parliamentary seat from here,and very few Jats have been candidates here.

Written by Rajendra Khatry | Chandigarh |
April 21, 2009 3:41:02 am

While Jats have been in majority in the Kurukshetra Lok Sabha constituency for long,no Jat candidate has ever won the parliamentary seat from here,and very few Jats have been candidates here.

In the Parliamentary polls in 2004,the main Jat candidate in the fray was Indian National Lok Dal’s Abhey Singh Chautala,son of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. He was trounced by Naveen Jindal by more than 1.75 lakh votes.

This time around too,no Jat is likely to win the seat Kurukshetra Parliamentary seat. This is because no major party has reposed faith in a Jat candidate for the Lok Sabha poll. This is despite the fact that in the past,both the Congress and the INLD have used the Jat votes in bulk to further their political interests.

This time,the Congress is depending on a bania again – sitting MP Naveen Jindal. The INLD-BJP alliance has put up a Punjabi candidate,Ashok Arora,who happens to be the state president of the party,and BSP has put up a Sikh candidate,Gurdayal Saini. HJC too has put up a Sikh candidate – Jaswant Singh Cheema.

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In 1999,again a non-Jat,Kailasho Devi of INLD had won the Kurukshetra seat. Kailasho Devi,who is from the Saini community,defeated the late Congress candidate Om Prakash Jindal,father of Naveen Jindal,by 1.35 lakh votes. O P Jindal had previously won the seat from the same constituency in 1996.

There is a mixed population of various communities in the Kurukshetra parliamentary constituency,with the Jats being in majority. The number of Jats in Kurukshetra is around 1.91 lakh,compared to approximately 96,000 of the Scheduled Castes,90,000 of the Balmikis,69,000 of BCs (Sainis). The other residents here are Jat Sikhs – 65,000; Punjabis – 60,000,Jhiwar – 52,000,Aggarwals – 48,000,Kamboj – 43,000 and Gurjars – 33,000 approximately,say sources.

After the delimitation process,more of the Jat dominated Kalayat area has been joined to Kurukshetra Parliamentary constituency for the latest Lok Sabha election. Yet no political party deemed it fit to put up a Jat candidate for the poll.

All the major parties have been busy with their campaign in the constituency. Accompanied by some top leaders of the state,Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has campaigned for Congress candidate Naveen Jindal in the region twice on his special rath. The INLD too has been carrying on a hectic campaign. Sources in INLD say that Kailasho Devi,who had been keeping aloof from the party activities after she was denied the ticket,has now come out in full support of the party candidate Ashok Arora. Sainis are in a large number in the constituency and their support is crucial for any party to do well.

The BSP campaign too was hectic. Talking to The Indian Express Krishna Dhami,state general secretary of the party,said they are busy with a door-to-door campaign. Cadre camps had already been held. “On April 30,Satish Chandra Mishra,All India General Secretary of the BSP,is going to address a public rally at Kaithal to further boost the morale of the party workers,” she said.

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